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Central and Hernando Thrashed while Weeki Wachee rolls

By: Danny Aiello Jr

Twitter: @DannyAielloJr

Friday night concluded the preseason games for the various Hernando county squads. With the season set to open up Friday, August 28th, we take a look at the Weeki Wachee Hornets, Hernando Leopards and Central Bears to see how they are shaping up.

Weeki Wachee Hornets:

Spring Game: Weeki Wachee 26, Wesley Chapel 16.

Preseason Game: Weeki Wachee 42, Fivay 21.

What we learned:
Weeki Wachee might have overcame the hurdles that have plagued them in past seasons. After building a 28-7 lead in the first quarter, Fivay would cut the lead to a mere seven points. Instead of usually folding, as they have in other years, Weeki Wachee came out and ran roughshod over the Falcons, led by Shawn O’Gorman and his 259 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns.

Next Game: The Hornets open the regular season Friday, August 28th, when they travel to Ridgewood. Kickoff is at 7:30pm.

Hernando Leopards:

Spring Game: Sunlake 10, Hernando 0.

Preseason Game: West Port 24, Hernando 7.

What We Learned:
Hernando is still struggling on offense under now second-year coach Bill Vonada. The Leopard defense is good enough to keep them in any game but they will need more out of an offense that only attempted two passes and didn’t gain a yard through the air against West Port. The ground game will have to also be more successful as 89 yards of total offense will not win many games. The talent is there, but a much more blue collar mindset is needed if the Leopards want to contend.

Up Next: Hernando travels to Fivay to open their season on Friday, August 28th. Kickoff is slated for 7:30pm.

Central Bears:

Spring Game: Central 35, St. Petersburg Catholic 28.

Preseason Game: East Ridge 51, Central 18.

What We Learned:
While it could have been rust, this is not the defense second-year coach Chris Sands had last year. The Bears played a lot of hard fought contests last year and were much better than their record indicated. For that success to continue this year, De’Vonta Smith will need to continue to break out as he did the end of last season. His improvement could help Central regain the swagger Sands wanted his team to have as they start a “culture of winning” at Central.

Up Next: Central will have a home contest against county-rival Springstead to open their season. Kickoff is Friday, August 28th at 7:30pm.

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  • Way to go Dalton Tolbert

    Monday, 24 August 2015, 6:29 am
  • Let’s not forget Central played a 7A school…in no way can you compare the caliber of North Port and definitely not Fivay with East ridge HS….just look at the film’s !!!

    Sunday, 23 August 2015, 12:12 am
  • After watching the Leopards play Friday, it seems like Coach V need to change players around asap….or he will have another losing season that he can’t blame on the schedule.

    Offence: The entire line (hmmmm no linemen coach to adjust during the game or make changes/guidance) “Wait thats the Head Coach job to get done” yelling during a game doesn’t fix the problems.

    Quaterback: If that’s who your rolling with, you wont win a single game.

    Running backs: They did very well for the same two preditable plays you ran… and you didn’t utilize them the entire game (could that be the offensive coordinator strategy *Not he couldn’t win at Central)

    Defence Defence Defence: Looked like garbage, that Team let them stay in the game. They ran and passed at wil. Players wasn’t wrapping up or even using pursuit drills. The nose gurard needs to be replaced asap he’s just wearing a uniform (he was on his stomach all night/lack of effort or strength) .Cornerback and Defensive Back, what a joke let JV kids play JV. You will see how Fivay will pass on you all night……..HHS 6 Fivay 48 or more

    Saturday, 22 August 2015, 11:29 pm
  • Nice story

    Saturday, 22 August 2015, 10:34 pm

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